There's nothing better than going camping to feel connected and close to the outdoors. With camping becoming more and more popular, we've got our editor Andrew White to select his Top 5 Smaller Tents available now.
As we get to see new kit, we'll be updating this page, so keep popping back to stay up-to-date with our selection.
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The Vango Nova 300+ is an extension of the popular Nova 300, and adds an extra large porch together with an extra pole. This makes the + a much better buy and more practical without adding too much to the weight of the original.
It is on the kit list of the DofE, so is perfect for long-distance treks and is easy to pitch; Vango say 7 minutes and we'd agree. It's incredibly sturdy in most conditions, giving you the confidence it will still be tere when you return from your hike.
The advantage over the Coyote III is you pitch it as one - the OEX model is in two parts... so the Nova is a quicker pitch. However, the Coyote III has a hydrostatic head of 5000mm to the Nova's 3000mm, meaning the OEX model withstands more rain...
Still, you can't go wrong with the Nova 300+, which is exclusive to Go Outdoors.
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Vango Nova 300+ 3 Person Tent
Available only at Go Outdoors, the Freedom Trail Lombok 350 is a basic entry tent - and there's nothing wrong with that.
It has one bedroom and one open porch area - so pretty standard for this design... although we're not sure how Go Outdoors manages to get 4 people in this (they clear must know each other very well).
The hydrostatic head is 2000mm, so it's certainly not as waterproof as some of the other tents here... but then it is half the price. Pitching time is quoted as 15 minutes, which is about right and for an occasional use tent for people just starting to camp, the Lombok 350 is pitched perfectly.
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Mountain Warehouse is all about keeping prices to sensible level... and that of course means there's a few compremises in the spec of the Weekender. Firstly, it's waterproof to 2000mm with its' fully taped seams - which is ok but certainly not the best. It says it has a "large living area"... well, read "ok living area" and the instructions aren't very good.
That all said, it is rather ace, as it packs in a sewn in groundsheet in te bedroom, colour coded fibreglass poles and roof vents to allow airflow...
Now that would be all good at £80... but at a penny under £40 it is amazing. Get introduced to the world of camping with this.
Regatta haven't been doing tents for long, but they are getting things right... and the Vester 4 is an example of this. It's a 4 person tent - of course - and actually will sleep 4 people comfortably without being too cramped. The hydrostatic head is an average 3000mm and the poles are made of fibreglass - so are light and strong.
The bedroom has a range of pockets and features a light reduceing dark finish to help cut down on tent glare in the long summer days.
Mountain Warehouse Weekender 2 Man Tent
Regatta Vester 4 Tent